Increase your Efficiency with 20 Minutes GMAT Learning Sessions

20 Minute Learning GMAT SessionsYou might argue that when you are in the zone, no distraction - external or internal would derail your GMAT preparation. For such lengthy span of attention, taking breaks would be the last thing on your mind. But for other daily GMAT Study sessions, 20 minutes sessions would be helpful, and produce the best results.

A recent report by Josh Davis, Maite J. Balda, and David Rock summarizes the studies conducted on attention, and learning optimization. According to the report, two findings solidify the belief in short-chunks of attention:

1) Attention has limits of only 20 minutes
2) Multitasking is inefficient

The part of our brain that enables single-minded focus is energy hungry. It is fighting external stimuli – sound, light, smell, and human interruption, along with internal thoughts, and impulses. The maximum time limit on fighting a strong internal & external stimulus is 20 minutes.
Beyond that, we not fully engaged.

Psychological journals have documented the Cognitive cost of multitasking. Technology has a role to play in inhibiting our ability to concentrate long-hours. Computers have evolved from a time-sharing behemoth machines to pocket sized tools that fulfill multiple desires at the same time. The pocket device encourages distraction. It has conditioned us to do multiple tasks: check email, search a term, post your pics, and tweet someone.

With the good intention to break this habit, we switch off the phone, get into our room for long GMAT study session, and warn our family & friends not to interrupt us for 1 hour. Old habits die hard, and thoughts on daily chores: buying dinner, laundry, the favorite TV show on NetFlix, fill our forethoughts. Although we have controlled external stimuli, internal stimuli are awakened with the laptop. The machine is built for multitasking, and the taskbar is your worst enemy.

The programs running in the taskbar are distractions. Even the clock is encouraging you to complete the mandatory 1-hour GMAT study sessions without fully engaging in the process. Hide the taskbar, and let the GMAT Prep Software Screen, GMAT Prep Guides, pen, and a notepad be the only tools in your desk.

Disconnect. The question in front of you is the only thing that matters. Look closely; Write Down the key data; and start cracking the question. By controlling the study environment, you can concentrate on 8-10 questions in one attention span.

Going Beyond 20 Minutes

You don’t need elaborate breaks. A small walk around the room, a few weight lifts, 10 push-ups, and few gulps of water or a bathroom break is enough for starting the next 20-minutes session. 3-5 minute break would be sufficient.

Cramming Sessions (12 hours 1 day 1week 1 month)

The Golden rule of cramming formulas and concepts is the process of recollecting information in 12 hours, 1 day, 1 week, and 1 month. According to the 2010 study by Jeffrey Karpicke and Henry Roediger, participant’s recollection was better when their study sessions were interrupted with filler tasks. The filler tasks just took 1 or 2 minutes away from the session but the break improved recollection.

Other stimulants to sustain concentration beyond 20 minutes are tougher GMAT questions. Once you are able to crack 8-10 easy GMAT questions, an upgrade in the difficulty level will bring the focus back into the GMAT Study session. An interesting shortcut on solving the Clock Angle problem would push you to learn other interesting concepts.

Break every 20 Minutes or after 10 GMAT Questions. Monitor your performance, and customize your schedule, incorporating each topic or sub-topic into the 20 minute sessions.

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)

We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).

Pages: 327


"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

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